Charles Browning

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Autumn Cannibal 2015, h30" x w24"
Fallen Arcimboldo #2 2014, h10" x w8"
Plenty 2012, h44" x w30"
The Big Picture 2011, oval, h75” x w100”
The Anxiety of Fruit 2014, h30" x w24"
Artist's Statement

My paintings are an interplay of Art and History, humor and brutality, sincerity and irony, narrative and allegory. They present a “new” history painting, one that lays claim to a position of authority among the images of the past. Using the associative potential of historical imagery and narrative, the scope expands to implicate us all in the goings on within. A confluence of Nationalism and Romanticism in 19th century American painting formed an image of the nation, a cultural foundation for the idea of Manifest Destiny, for Kit Carson, Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. My recent work utilizes the Dutch floral still life as an allegory for excess, consumption, and colonialism: the catastrophe of desire lurching towards its goal. The painting, in its labor and luxury, stands for the thing it represents. The visual, sensual, material, and artistic tumult is reveled in and interrogated. Beauty, History, Representation, are questioned.


Charles Browning has shown in NY and nationally. He teaches at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where he is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting.

All paintings shown are oil on canvas

MFA 2004 Studio Art (Painting) New York University
BFA 1987 Drawing/Illustration California College of the Arts

Solo Shows
2011 “Beauty Trap,” Schroeder Romero + Shredder, NY
2008 “Remembering to Forget: Strategies of Propaganda and Mythology”
Schroeder Romero Gallery, NY
2005 “Weasel Pop,” Jack the Pelican Presents Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

"Everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence." George Santayana

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” William Faulkner